350 Warren Street

120 Studio Apartments


The site selected for the project is located between W 139 street and 140th street East of Lenox Avenue in a busy street in upper Manhattan / Harlem. Area. In New York City.

The building selected attached four-one story buildings, 27.5 m (90 ft) by 91.5 m (300 ft), structure that was built around 1960, is a retail area with a large Key Food super market, in the center. A large residential multi-story building is in the north east and south of the

The proposed 102 -studio apartments are amid to help new comers, mainly students, who struggle to find an apartment when moving to Manhattan.  The site is located 25 minutes from Midtown Manhattan by subway.

Proposed are six-three story buildings. Three of the buildings are located at the east and the remaining three buildings are on the west side, and contain an upper garden and a open common area.

There is a wheelchair assessable ramp in the inner garden. The ramp starts from the street level. The wheelchair accessible ramp will allow for an alternative of a conventional elevator, which will save energy. An elevator and an additional fire staircase will be located at the south of the building.    

A  transparent solar cell canopy is supported by Kerto Laminated Veneer Lumber structure system  proposed on the flat roofs which are oriented south/north. The continuous ramp access and the solar modules system are incorporated in the design as strategies employed to reduce the design carbon footprint. As well as a small area

At each apartment balcony which is design for a small farm garden.

Proposed is A Kerto Laminated Veneer Lumber as the primary structural martial for the buildings, the ramps, and the transparent solar cell canopy support structure by Laminated Veneer Lumber structure system. 

About one meter in height area will be used as a plenum area to separate between the existing one-story structure’s roof to the proposed six structures. Some of the existing roof area between the six building will be use to relocate the mechanical system mainly air-conditions on the existing roof.

The existing roof area will slightly expend to the service area to the east of  the existing structure to serve as additional area for the mechanical systems.

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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